2017 Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival Award Winners

 

The 2017 LA Chinese Film Festival has come to a close, and five films went home with awards, including Best Fiction Feature, Best Non-fiction Feature, Best Fiction Short, Best Documentary Short, and Best Experimental and Animation Short. The festival also recognized two films with special awards: The Independent Spirit Award and the Up and Coming Award.

 

BEst fiction feature king of peking

The award for best feature went to Australian director Sam Voutas’ King of Peking. The humorous and poignant film, set in Beijing during the 80s and 90s, explores the relationship between cinema and cinephiles through the story of a father and his son. 

 Jury Xue Xiaolu presents the Best Fiction Feature Award

Jury Xue Xiaolu presents the Best Fiction Feature Award

 Melanie Ansley, producer of  King of Peking  (left) Sam Voutas, director of  King of Peking  (right)

Melanie Ansley, producer of King of Peking (left) Sam Voutas, director of King of Peking (right)

 

best non-fiction feature China's van goghs

China’s Van Goghs, which was screened at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, had its North American debut at LACFF, where it took the prize for best non-fiction feature. Directed by Yu Haibo and Yu Tianqi Kiki, this film is not just exceptional because of its examination of the laborers who make “Made in China” possible, but more importantly, because of how it raises questions about the relationship between “making” and “creating,” “craftsmanship” and “art.”

 
 Jury Zhen Zhang presents the Best Non-Fiction Feature Award (left) programmer Rena Wang reads message from Tianqi Yu, co-director of  China's van Goghs  (right)

Jury Zhen Zhang presents the Best Non-Fiction Feature Award (left) programmer Rena Wang reads message from Tianqi Yu, co-director of China's van Goghs (right)

 
 

best fiction short a test

Director Zuxiang Zhao’s A Test won the Best Fiction Short Award.

 

best documentary short the day before chinese new year

Director Lam Can-zhao’s The Day Before Chinese New Year won the Best Documentary Short Award.

 

best experimental/animation short fish tank

Fish Tank, directed by Haoge Liu, won the Best Experimental and Animation Short Award. 

 Jury Monica Chuo presents the Best Fiction Short Award (left) programmer Ariel Jiayi Du reads a message from Zuxiang Zhao, director of  A Test  (right)

Jury Monica Chuo presents the Best Fiction Short Award (left) programmer Ariel Jiayi Du reads a message from Zuxiang Zhao, director of A Test (right)

 Jury Stanley Rosen presents the Best Documentary Short Award

Jury Stanley Rosen presents the Best Documentary Short Award

 
 Special guest Gabrielle Kelly presents the Best Fiction Short Award

Special guest Gabrielle Kelly presents the Best Fiction Short Award

 
 

independent spirit award the last painting

The Last Painting, from Taiwan director Chen Hung-i, had its North American debut at the LACFF, and claimed the Independent Spirit for its brave, fearless style and new, daring visual elements.

 
 Janey Yang, chairwoman of advisory board presents the Independent Spirit Award (right) Wei Ying-chuan, scriptwriter of  The Last Painting  (left)

Janey Yang, chairwoman of advisory board presents the Independent Spirit Award (right) Wei Ying-chuan, scriptwriter of The Last Painting (left)

 
 

up and coming award wu zi en

Young director Wu Zi En won the LACFF Up and Coming Award for his fiction short Hsiang Yi. 

 
 Tian Guan, co-director of programming presents the Up and Coming Award

Tian Guan, co-director of programming presents the Up and Coming Award